Early days in New Hanover and Pender Counties in southeastern North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 91-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina (1851); Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888), North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State (1939), a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina (1954-65). The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Some of the places mentioned in the booklet include: NEW HANOVER - Wilmington (County Seat), Cape Fear, Castle Hayne, Fort Fisher Air Force Station. PENDER -Burgaw (County Seat), Atkinson, Canetuck, St. Helena, Hempstead, Moores Creek National Battle Site, Penderlea, Rocky Point, Bannerman's Bridge, Six Forks, Maple Hill, Scott's Hill, Currie, Long Creek, Watha, and Willard. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features, such as the Atlantic coast, Cape Fear River and the Northeast River; Pre-Revolutionary resistance to tyrany; Incident at Moore's Creek Bridge; Bios of early notables: the Ashe family (extensive), Cornelius Harnett, William Hooper (extensive), Archibald McLaine, Timothy Bloodworth, Edward Jones, Johnson Blakely, Joshua Granger Wright, Owen Holmes, and Edward B. Dudley; Members of the General Assembly from New Hanover County before 1851; Periods of Boom and Bust; War periods -- Civil, Revolutionary and WWII; Brief notes on -- Hugh MacRae, George Davis, Benjamin Smith, Edwin Alderman, Ann Whistler, Rev. Thomas Price, Admiral Edwin Anderson, General William Loring, Admiral John Winslow, William McNeill, Hinton James, William McRee, General Robert Howe, Alfred Moore, Johnson Hooper, General Hugh Waddell, General James Moore, Pres. Woodrow Wilson, Johnston Blakeley, Judah Benjamin, James Cardinal Gibbons, Edward Bishop Dudley, Charles Jones Soong, Thomas Godfred, Capt. John Newland Maffitt, Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, Bishop Thomas Atkinson, General W.H.C. Whiting, Joseph Gardner Swift, Henry Bacon, Mrs. Rudyard Kipling, Gov. Edward Dudley, Harold Huntington, Edward Moseley, and the Swann, James, Lillington, Meredith, and Bloodworth families; Sea Port history; Agriculture -- blueberries, flowers, etc.; Early churches and schools; the first Little Theatre in America, man-eating plants, the pirate Steed Bonnett and (and of course, the required rumors of buried treasure), a justifiable expenditure for whiskey, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpts are biographies of Alfred Moore Waddell, Daniel L. Russell, Charles Manly Stedman, T.B. Kingsbury, Julius A. Bonitz, R.R. Bridgers, Rev. T.H. Pritchard, and Rev. F.W.E. Peschau. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. It has a separate section on Wilmington with a map and 25 points of interest.